List of the longest-running kids' TV shows in US history. These children's TV series have more episodes than any others in American television. Some of the shows ran and have since gone off the air or been canceled, while others remain ongoing and are still being produced. Typically, these shows were collected into "seasons" of television, each with a pre-set amount of episodes. Sometimes, these seasons were broken up, in some cases with years or even decades between production of the series, while still being considered the run of a single TV show. (Spin-offs and other shows that were reinvented and debuted as new series are not considered.) This list contains all the longest-running shows in the history of children's television.
No other children's program in US history can really approach "Sesame Street" in terms of either ubiquity, popularity OR longevity. The creation of Jim Henson and the Children's Television Workshop has been a fixture on American television since the 1960s, raising generations of American kids and their parents. The show has clocked in over 4,000 episodes over the course of 41 seasons and continues going strong. Though there are no other US children's shows that have nearly that number of episodes, it's interesting to note that both China and the United Kingdom have longer running TV series for kids - "Dafengche" and "Blue Peter," respectively. These long running programs are icons in the TV business. There are few shows that have been around as long as these have.
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- Jim Henson, Frank Oz
Premiered: November 10, 196941 Seasons. 4256 Episodes. Currently in production
- Bob Homme, Rod Coneybeare
The Friendly Giant
Premiered: 19583000 Episodes.
Premiered: June 25, 2018547 Episodes.
- Don Messick, Danny Goldman
Premiered: September 12, 19819 Seasons. 421 Episodes.
- Greg Lee, Lynne Thigpen
Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?
Premiered: September 30, 19915 Seasons. 296 Episodes.
Mopatop's Shop4 Seasons. 260 Episodes.
Premiered: 1980233 Episodes.
- John Sayles, Yeardley Smith
Square One Television
Premiered: 19875 Seasons. 230 Episodes.
Premiered: October 7, 199613 Seasons. 185 Episodes. Currently in production
- Elizabeth Daily, Christine Cavanaugh
Premiered: August 11, 199112 Seasons. 172 Episodes.
- Tom Kenny, Rodger Bumpass
Premiered: May 1, 19998 Seasons. 165 Episodes. Currently in production